Jan 4, 2018

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Notecard Gift Box Tutorial


It's time for a new challenge at A Vintage Journey and our hostess Deb has asked us, "For our first challenge of 2018 we'd like you to create with a box. Any box of any size will do, it can be one you have made yourself or one that you are recycling or even one that you have drawn. We'd like you to make your project either inside the box itself or do something imaginative on the outside or both if that's where your muse takes you. As always we like to see your projects in our preferred styles: vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn or steampunk. So put on your thinking caps and re-imagine those boxes both inside and out!"


During this extremely busy time of year I decided to do a simple, yet much needed project, and made a gift card box to house several thank you cards for those lovely Christmas gifts recently received.



After a quick search I came up with THIS pin on Pinterest with the guidelines for the box.  I made mine with watercolor paper so that I could dip it into Distress Inks.  I used a Carta Bella stencil and Prima texture paste with Ranger white embossing powder over my inky background for the snowflakes.


I sponged the base and stamped with a couple of Tim Holtz stamps, the large snowflakes from last year and the small ones from my new set this year.  It is easier to do the ink work before scoring your panels.


I borrowed these gorgeous Tim Holtz snowflake stamps from my sweet friend Madelyn and made these panels.  They were inked with Cracked Pistachio, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire DI then splashed with gesso and watered down Perfect Pearls for a night sky effect.  I added a simple stamped sentiment with alphabet stamps and dyed bows to each card.


The final touch was to embellish my box.  I layered Stacked Snowflakes cut from chipboard and distressed with DecoArt Crackle Paste.  It was a new bottle and I didn't get huge cracks.  I tinted with more Distress Ink and added some Distress Glitter for more texture.  I did the same with the Festive Greens, cut from metallic kraft core.  I love this icy effect, a tip from Emma Williams.


And there you have it!  I hope you enjoyed this project and will make a boxed set of notecards of your own.  We'd love for you to play along in our current challenge.  Our sponsor this month is the Funkie Junkie Boutique!  One lucky winner will receive a $25 gift voucher.  


Find these and so many more amazing supplies at the Funkie Junkie Boutique:




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(The Tim Holtz Great Outdoors set is new to me!)

41 comments:

  1. So pretty! The snowflakes stand out beautifully against your amazing background! This is a lovely gift set Autumn.
    Kate

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  2. This is lovely Autumn, what a fabulous project and one that could be made and given all year round. Wouldn't this be wonderful little gift to receive..! Beautiful.
    Warmest of Wishes Tracey xx

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  3. What a beautiful box and cards set Autumn - love your colour combinations and the fabulous texture.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  4. Such a beautiful make Autumn x Wonderful details both inside and outside of your box. Love the colours and that beautiful snowflake too. Just noticed your new Blog Header.....looks amazing x

    TFS and huge hugs Annie xx

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  5. Simple and stunning at the same time ... but how do you get these wonderful ideas? I love it, thank you for your inspirations, I really have to try!
    If, as usual, I do not waste too much time, I would like to take part in the challenge ... who knows! Hugs, Stefi

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  6. What a wonderful idea, Autumn, to make 'Thank You' notes in their own co-ordinating box! Beautifully crafted, as usual! Loving those distress ink textures!

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  7. No matter how busy you get (and I bet you are especially busy now!), you make the most incredibly beautiful and high quality art, my friend! These note cards and matching box are an example of some of the prettiest artwork of the New Year! I appreciate the step out and all the links, because I so want to CASE these cards! You're the BEST! Sending warm hugs!

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  8. This is just amazing and what a wonderful project! Your choice of colors is breath-taking ... Awesome inspiration, although mine would never look even close to as gorgeous as yours ... I will keep trying! LOL

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  9. Yea, I am so in love with these!!
    I just love snowflakes, all snowflakes and these makes are stunning! The thing about the flakes is that they are still coming long after the holidays(here we just got a foot and a half full of them last night)
    Thanks for sharing your steps!
    Hope you are keeping warm!
    Jackie xo

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  10. Nothing like an old standard and this one is sooo YOU!! Great colors and the snowflake is perfect for this time of year. Anyone would be happy to get these.
    Hugs, S@ndy xx

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  11. Absolutely gorgeous box to match the cards-fabulous backgrounds and icy snowflakes
    Carol x

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  12. Beautiful, the colours are gorgeous x

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  13. Absolutely stunning, Autumn!! The colors and texture are amazing!! I love the beautiful snowflakes!! Gorgeous project, my friend!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  14. these are beautiful cards and the box for them is perfect. =)

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  15. The box alone is a gift in itself with those gorgeous icy snowflakes - the beautiful cards just take your project to a whole new level, they are wonderful! A stunning wintry project! Hugs, Anne xx

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  16. Really Gorgeous, Autumn!!!!!!!!!!!

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  17. One word: gorgeous! In and out... xx

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  18. Utterly gorgeous - the colours are amazing, and I love how the box echoes the treats inside. Brilliant cardmaking, and a fabulous gift set.
    Alison x

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  19. Just LOVE your boxed set of Thank you cards , Autumn. The colour palette is a big yes from me and you have used the colours so effectively to create fabulous backgrounds for your gorgeous snowflakes both on the cards and on your box . A really fab project
    hugs x

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  20. Gorgeous gift box and cards Autumn and love all the sparkly details. Great colour choices and super execution xxx

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  21. Many thanks for your inspiration again Autumn, loving this card set with the gorgeous colors! Simply stunning!

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  22. Autumn, these are fantastic! I love snowflakes, and your colors show them off beautifully! Thank you for sharing these with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

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  23. Autumn, your box and cards are jaw dropping gorgeous! I love, love, love them! Thank you for joining the snowflake challenge at Creative With Stamps. Dorlene DT CWS

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  24. Wow! Just gorgeous!!!
    Thank you for joining us at Creative With Stamps!
    Lilian
    The Leaf Studio

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  25. Stunning! Unique and so pretty. Gorgeous colours, techniques and fabulous elements...one talented lady x

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  26. You created a wonderful box Autumn and the cards to go with it are so dreamy and beautiful! Stunning colours and I love the way they all match that beautiful box, - such a wonderful gift set!

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  27. Gorgeous project, Autumn! Love the box of Thank You note cards~this makes a fun gift to give. Thanks for joining the fun at Creative With Stamps this month :-)

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  28. What a wonderful projects! I adore this palette and every detail of your works! barbara

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  29. This is gorgeous Autumn, what a brilliant idea. Happy creative week, Angela xXx

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  30. What a gorgeous box and set of cards! You make the most awesome backgrounds, Autumn, and I love this project! Your snowflakes are amazing with great texture. Hugs!!

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  31. Such a yummy texture and gorgeous design: a stunning beginning for 2018! You are always so inspiring with your striking projects, Autumn, thanks for sharing with us :-)

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  32. Autumn, I am having issue with my internet connection, so I don't know if my comment went through or not, if it is twice, please I apologize!
    All I wanted to say was that in these two years that I know you you improved SO SO SO much. And I absolutely love to see you improve and create stunning projects like this one!
    Very well done dear,
    Thank you for playing along with us over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, we all hope to see you again soon!

    Zoey

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  33. What an amazing gift set!! Love the beautiful snowflakes in the greens and blues!

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  34. A beautiful project Autumn! xx

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  35. I missed these because of my vacation, but I always try to take time to visit your blog. I love your style. This project is another proof of that, love it Autumn!

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  36. What a wonderful project Autumn, these colours look amazing together! Have a very happy week, Sue xx

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  37. Gorgeous set Autumn!!!!!

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  38. Autumn, this is a lovely box. What a great presentation that box will make. Love all the elements you included. Thanks so much for entering your lovely box into our 'Anything Goes with a Handmade Bow' challenge at Craft-Dee BowZ this month. I look forward to seeing what you create for our next challenge. Hugs, Barbara

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  39. Autumn this is so gorgeous, your colour combinations are perfection and setting them off with those beautiful snowflakes was the perfect touch. Adore the layered snowflakes and icy foliage on the front too, thank you so much for sharing it with us all (and lucky recipients of those beautiful Thank You cards!) Deb xo

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